Thursday, December 4, 2008

Praha 2.0...

Day two, very long and very intense. We rose early enough and made our way over to The castle. It was an interesting hike up a hill and lots of stairs, but the views were amazing. We just spent the day wandering around the hill seeing all that we could. I think we were walking from 9am until around 5:30. We made our way back down and went a new way back to the hostel. We passed a Tesco's, and tried to buy items for dinner. I have yet to go in a Tesco's in Hungary, but Margie said it was nothing like the ones here. We did get somethings and went back home to eat. We went out to see a Blues show that night. It was quite a packed day, but very enjoyable.

Day Three started with a visit to the Jewish district and a visit to a few landmarks. It was quite startling to see some of the areas, most notably for me was the Pinkas Synagogue, the walls of which are covered with nearly 119,000 names, those of the Jewish residents that went sent to the ghettos during WWII. After spending the morning exploring the area, we began another walk towards the top of the hill to finish of seeing all areas of the castle. We wanted to have some traditional Czech food, or as close as we could get so we headed to a place that supposedly had good cheap food. It was really good. My favourite was the fried cheese...

Later that night we went back to see a Marionette version of Don Giovanni. It was an experience to say the least. I would highly recommend seeing it if you ever have the option...
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Our last day, we spent the day walking around the entire city, or pretty close to the entire city...
saw many sights....including, St. Nickolas Church, John Lennon Wall, Maltese Square, National Dance Academy, aka The Fred and Ginger, The National Theatre, the Velvet Revolution Wall and finishing once again the the Old City Square, with the markets and the churches that surround it.

Prague was an amazing experience, and the weekend worked out great until our way home when our plane was delayed an hour and we missed our last train back and eventually had to spend 4 hours in the middle of the night stuck at Püspokladány, aka the impossible P, and freezing outside for two hours...something I never ever want to experience again...and making in back to my comfy little home 2 hours before having to teach, with about 7 hours sleep since I left on Saturday...

But my venting my issues with the transportation system will happen another time, when I have other things to think about...

Now for some photos...


Entrance to Prague Castle, the changing of the guard is ever hour.


A mix of architecture


The famous Astronomical clock in the Old City Square


A weird style that was common, the stucco was blasted of to give a 3D effect


A peacock on a building I thought was cool


A Church on the Old Town side of Charles Bridge


Dinner: Fried Cheese, potatoes and tartar sauce, not sure why tartar sauce...


Old books high on a shelf in Prague Castle


Christmas Market at dusk...


Prague Castle at night


Mosaic on a random building...


I can`t really explain this one...babies punched in the face?


Part of the John Lennon Wall, beside the Maltese Embassy


Traditional Czech Christmas Bread....sooooooo good.


A photo of the marionette show...


Me fueling my Starbucks addiciton with a Christmas drink...mmmm dark cherry mocha...



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Check back soon for some random observations about Prague...

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